For Immediate Release
Phone: (202) 342-1902
FBI Attempts to Hold Sibel Edmonds’ Book Hostage
Agency Used Contracts to Censor Whistleblowers
On April 26, 2011, Ms. Edmonds followed official procedure and submitted her manuscript to the FBI for pre-publication clearance. Under the terms of her employment agreement and controlling regulations, the FBI was required to review and approve the submission within thirty (30) days. Instead of complying with the law, the FBI intentionally stalled the approval process for over 341 days and has still refused to "clear" the book for publication.
Ms. Edmonds will speak today for the first time about the FBI's attempts to suppress her book. The interview will be aired live at 1:30pm ET on Honesty Without Fear, and the podcast will also be available for download.
The NWC is also releasing documentation confirming that the FBI required employees, including Ms. Edmonds, to sign the illegal contracts that allowed the FBI to censor issues of "public policy" it found embarrassing. According to Ms. Edmonds attorney, Stephen M. Kohn, "the controlling law strictly limits government's ability to censor its employees. Agencies like the FBI may require pre-publication review of its employees' writings, but may only censor classified or secret information. The government may not censor books or other writings on 'policy' grounds. The FBI's employment contract with Ms. Edmonds is overreaching and illegal."
Additional documents demonstrate that the agency acted illegally to prevent Ms. Edmonds from publishing a manuscript that might embarrass the agency.
In recognition of her work to expose intelligence failures, Ms. Edmonds received the 2006 First Amendment Award, presented by the PEN American Center and Newman's Own.
Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblowers Center, also stated:
Honesty Without Fear radio show (hear the interview live or download the program)
Boilingfrogspost.com (Sibel Edmonds blog)
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